all things biblio

Introduction to Bookbinding

I’ve become obsessed with making notebooks and had to save this simple set of instructions for making a notebook out of a sheet of paper. I foresee these small books filled with short stories, inspirational quotes, lists, or made as last-minute gifts. Words, art, paper crafts – three of my favorite things!

Handmades and Hardware

I’ve had a longtime Moleskine addiction, evidenced by the notebooks of all shapes, sizes and colors teetering atop piles and peeking out of drawers throughout my apartment. (As I write this, I can see seven–stacked, of course, in rainbow order–in my direct line of sight.)

I just can’t help it. I always need another one.

It’s hard to say exactly where the attraction lies, but  there’s something almost romantic about a fresh Moleskine: the endless possibility of empty pages ready for notes and nonsense. But at $12.95+ a pop, my Moleskine mayhem was breaking the bank.

And those who want, but can’t afford – MAKE! (or something…)

Enter SF Center for the Book! For $65, you’ll learn bookbinding basics and take home a 5 volume set of your very own baby books. Since Monday’s class, armed with a copy of Esther Smith’s How to Make Books, (available at the SFPL or Green…

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How to Open a Book

I have a very specific memory of my eighth grade History teacher becoming angry as we opened our new textbooks. I remember his booming voice saying “By God hasn’t anyone taught you how to open a book?!” We thought he was nuts, what did he mean teach us how to open a book? He then demonstrated the above method and said, “That is how you open a book! Now back to the lesson!”

I still think of him when I open a new book and gently ease the binding. I think he would appreciate the anecdote included in these instructions, how the book was ‘violently opened.’ I might not remember too much of the history I learned but I will always remember how to properly open a book.

Bookish humor from The Awkward Yeti

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Spreading the Goodreads love

I am a huge fan of Goodreads. I use it to keep track of what I’ve read and find new recommendations, and to see what my friends read (I believe seeing someone’s reading list is a fairly intimate glance into their mind). I highly recommend it to all booklovers. I recently learned a few new tricks, including how to add a link to my local library. Now when I find a book I want to read, I can with one click see if it’s available at my library. How exciting!

So to anyone interested in Goodreads, or already signed up, here is the link to the article where I learned a few new things. I will say I am not generally a fan of BookRiot because their site is full of ads and not at all easy to read, so apologies for that, just do your best to focus on the content and ignore the flash and nonsense.

By the way feel free to add me as a Goodreads friend– let’s see what each other is reading!

You can find magic wherever you look.

Sit back and relax,

All you need is a book.

-Dr Seuss

10 Charles Dickens Novels Everyone Should Read

In the new year I must get to reading Bleak House – it’s been on my shelf since I picked it up secondhand months ago. I’ll admit I was a little put off Dickens after attempting Nicholas Nickleby, afraid I’d waste my time slogging through hundreds of pages before giving up. Confidence renewed.

Interesting Literature

The best Charles Dickens books, and why you should read them

When he died aged 58 in 1870, Charles Dickens left behind fifteen novels, five Christmas books, several volumes of travel writing, and dozens of journalistic pieces and short stories. But what are the ten books that best exemplify Dickens’s genius, his unique comic achievement, and those qualities which we tend to think of when we hear the word ‘Dickensian’? Undoubtedly a fool’s errand. But we’ll give it a go anyway, if nothing else because it’s an excuse to share some great trivia about Dickens’s finest books.

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“There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed
between people who love the same book.”
– Irving Stone, Clarence Darrow for the Defense

An Awesome List of Short-ish Books

A worthy list indeed; I may add all of these to my To Read list! I’m usually not interested in book reviewers. This is the first time I’ve come across Maureen Corrigan, and I think I’m a fan. From the way she writes it’s evident she is intelligent, a prolific reader and lover of books.


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